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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 18th December 2001

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1    Private Bill Petitions,-The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the Petitions for the following Bills, the Standing Orders have been complied with:

    HSBC Investment Banking

    Land at Palace Avenue, Kensington (Acquisition of Freehold)

    London Development Agency

    London Local Authorities

    Mersey Tunnels

    Milford Haven Port Authority.

2    Private Bill Petitions (Standing Orders not complied with),-The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the Petition for the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill, the Standing Orders have not been complied with.

    Report referred to the Standing Orders Committee.

3    Private Bills,-The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, That, in accordance with Standing Order 81 relating to Private Business (Division of bills between this House and the House of Lords), he had conferred with the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords, for the purpose of determining in which House of Parliament the respective Private Bills should be first considered, and they had determined that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Lords:

    HSBC Investment Banking

    London Local Authorities

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London (subject to the decisions of the Standing Orders Committees)

    Milford Haven Port Authority

    and that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Commons:

    Land at Palace Avenue, Kensington (Acquisition of Freehold)

    London Development Agency

    Mersey Tunnels.

4    Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill,-The Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill was read the third time, and passed.

5    Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,-Mr Jimmy Hood reported from the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs, That it had considered the matter of regional governance in England, referred to it on 5th December.

6    Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill,-Mr Secretary Reid, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Blunkett and Mr Desmond Browne, presented a Bill to make provision about the judiciary in Northern Ireland and to amend section 6 of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876; to make provision about the law officers and other legal officers and the courts in Northern Ireland; to establish a Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland, a Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland and a Northern Ireland Law Commission; to amend the law of youth justice in Northern Ireland; to make provision for making available to victims of crime information about the release of offenders in Northern Ireland; to make provision about community safety in Northern Ireland; to amend the law of legal aid in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 75].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill be printed [Bill 75-EN].

7    Elections (Entitlement to Vote at Age 16),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 to provide that a person aged 16 years or over is entitled to vote in a parliamentary or local government election: And that Matthew Green, Mr Andrew Stunell, Jane Griffiths, Angus Robertson, Lembit Ípik, Dr John Pugh, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Alan Reid, Adam Price and Mr Roger Williams do prepare and bring it in.

8    Elections (Entitlement to Vote at Age 16) Bill,-Matthew Green accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 to provide that a person aged 16 years or over is entitled to vote in a parliamentary or local government election: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th July and to be printed [Bill 76].

9    Taxes,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Variation of Stamp Duties Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3746), dated 27th November 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th November, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

10    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 89) (House of Commons Paper No. 415) on Children's Services (Quality Protects) Special Grants for 2000-01 and 2001-02, which was laid before this House on 30th November, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

11    Royal Assent,-The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Act, agreed upon by both Houses:

      Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Act 2001.

12    Facilities of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That with effect from 8th January 2002, those Members who have chosen not to take their seats and thus do not qualify to participate in the proceedings in Parliament may use the facilities within the precincts of the House and the services of departments of the House, and may claim support for their costs as set out in the Resolution of 5th July 2001, relating to Members' Allowances, Insurance &c., and the allowances relating to travel within the United Kingdom for Members, their families and staff-(Mr Robin Cook);

    An Amendment ((q)) was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out the words '8th January 2002' and insert the words 'the completion of decommissioning, as verified by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning', instead thereof.-(Mr Quentin Davies.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the Amendment be made;

    Keith Hill rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mrs Anne McGuire: 328.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mr Richard Bacon: 112.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 168.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Fraser Kemp: 357.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And it being after Ten o'clock, the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

13    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Motion in the name of Mr Robin Cook and Mr Secretary Reid may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

14    Facilities of the House,-The Main Question being again proposed;

    Another Amendment ((t)) was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out the words 'chosen not to take their seats' and insert the words 'not affirmed or sworn the oath of allegiance', instead thereof.-(Mr Quentin Davies.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 169.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Fraser Kemp: 350.

    So the Question was negatived.

    Another Amendment ((x)) was proposed to the Question, in line 7, at the end, to add the words 'but all such facilities will be withdrawn if the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirms that any organization with which such Members are associated has been involved in any act of terrorism'.-(The Reverend Ian Paisley.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Gregory Campbell: 166.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mrs Anne McGuire: 347.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr John Heppell: 322.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 189.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That with effect from 8th January 2002, those Members who have chosen not to take their seats and thus do not qualify to participate in the proceedings in Parliament may use the facilities within the precincts of the House and the services of departments of the House, and may claim support for their costs as set out in the Resolution of 5th July 2001, relating to Members' Allowances, Insurance &c., and the allowances relating to travel within the United Kingdom for Members, their families and staff.

15    International Development Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read, for consideration of the International Development Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee;

    Ordered, That the Bill be considered to-morrow.

16    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) rural residents of the United Kingdom for an investigation into the practices of large oil companies in closing rural filling stations and for minimum requirements for services available there; and

    (2) petrol retailers and motorists of the United Kingdom for legislation to prevent the predatory pricing of petrol; and

    (3) patients of Gateshead and South Tyneside Health Authority for a public inquiry into the conduct of Consultant Peter Silverstone and Dr Janusz Wszeborowski and the authorities of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

17    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Jim Kelly against the use of national security to cover up human rights abuses was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

18    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Angela Smith.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-five minutes to Twelve o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.35 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Civil Aviation,-Draft Air Navigation (Environmental Standards) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Education,-Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 4020), dated 17th December 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

3    Supreme Court,-Crown Court (Amendment) (No. 3) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 4012), dated 14th December 2001 [by Act] [Mr Michael Wills].

4    Taxes,-Tonnage Tax (Training Requirement) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3999), dated 14th December 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

5    Devolution,-Paper, entitled Memorandum of Understanding and supplementary agreements between the United Kingdom Government, Scottish Ministers, the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Executive Committee [by Command] [Cm. 5240] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6    European Union,-Paper, entitled Developments in the European Union, January to June 2001 [by Command] [Cm. 5298] [Mr Secretary Straw].

7    Export Controls,-Report on Strategic Export Controls for 2000 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

8    Facilities of the House,-Copy of a letter relating to access to facilities of the House referred to in a speech in the House this day by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the House [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

9    Inland Revenue,-Report and Consolidated Resource Accounts of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Inland Revenue for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Command] [Cm. 5304] [Dawn Primarolo].

10    National Lottery,-Account of the Scottish Screen National Lottery Distribution Fund [by Command] [Mrs Secretary Liddell].

11    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the Petition [30th October] from residents of Derby, Harrow, Wembley and others seeking legislation for further restrictions on the sale of fireworks [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

12    Registration Service,-Mortality Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on deaths by cause, sex and age in England and Wales for 2000 [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Education Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman of Standing Committee G in respect of the Bill, in place of Mr Mike Hancock.

Programming Committees

2    Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning (Amendment) Bill,-The Speaker has nominated Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr John Hayes, Jane Kennedy, Shona McIsaac, Lembit Ípik, Ian Stewart and Mr Graham Stringer members of the Programming Committee in respect of the Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Second Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Testing the waters: the sport of swimming], together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 4th December and Appendices thereto; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 418] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Government's Drugs Policy: Is it Working?]; to be printed [No. 318-vi] [Mr Chris Mullin].

    3    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [The Effectiveness of the Reforms of European Development Assistance]; to be printed [No. 417-ii] [Tony Baldry].

    4    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Papers laid before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Draft Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill] [Mr Michael Mates].

    5    Standards and Privileges,-Fourth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Restrictions on the Initiation of Parliamentary Proceedings: A Consultation Paper]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 478] [Sir George Young].

    6    Statutory Instruments,-Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xiv] [Brian White].

    7    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Planning Green Paper]; to be printed [No. 476-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    8    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [The Children's Society in Wales]; to be printed [No. 481-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 38]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Nick Ainger);

    And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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